Braves Overthrow the Nobles

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LA PUENTE, CA — On Tuesday, March 21, the Baldwin Park Varsity Badminton team beat Nogales on Nobles’ territory with a score of 18 to 3.

“Nogales is pretty strong especially the Boys Doubles 1. I could have done better if I weren’t nervous, but we came back and won the match,” explained BPHS senior Christopher Lazo. “Me and my partner need more improvement, we need to make sure our rotations and serves are better.”

The Braves dominated in the mixed doubles category. Both Mixed Doubles 1 (Kevin Chua and Michelle Del Toro) and Mixed Doubles 2 (Jialou Chen and Shwe Nemyo) won both of their matches against the Nobles, earning the Braves their first four points. Mixed Doubles 3 (Alan Le and Lena Do) also won their match, adding another point to the Braves’ score, 5-0.

Similarly, the Lady Braves swept the competition in the girls’ doubles category. Both Girls’ Doubles 1 (Del Toro and Cindy Nguyen) and Girls’ Doubles 2 (Tiffany Yu and Sharon Tran) won both of their matches, earning another four points, 9-0.

Baldwin Park’s Boys’ Doubles teams had more difficulty in their matches against the Nobles. Although Boys’ Doubles 1 (Chua and Chen) beat both of Nogales’ boys’ doubles teams, Boys’ Doubles 2 (Alan Le and Christopher Lazo) only beat Nogales’ boys’ doubles 2 team. Their performance put three more points on the Braves’ score board, 12-1.

In boys’ singles, both of Baldwin Park’s boys’ singles players only had to play one match each since Nogales forfeited the games played by their Boys’ Singles 2. Braves’ Boys’ Singles 1 (Gabriel Musni) and Boys’ Singles 2 (Bai Rong Lin) fought valiantly against Nogales’ Boys’ Singles 1 but both lost with identical scores, 21-17 Singles 1 and 21-14 Singles 2. Due to Nogales’ forfeited games, the Braves still earned two points in boys’ singles, 14-3.

On the other hand, the Lady Braves in girls’ singles performed fabulously. Both Girls’ Singles 1 (Tuyen Ho) and Girls’ Singles 2 (Sophia Nguyen) beat their opponents soundly. These wins earned another four points for the Braves, 18-3. Similarly, the junior varsity team enjoyed a win against Nogales with a score of 13 to 8.

“I think we can win more against Nogales next time and beat their boys doubles with better scores,” said Lazo. “We will do our best.”

Next, the Braves will face Pasadena Poly on home territory on Thursday, March 23.

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